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The Boston Bar Association's Summer Jobs Program, celebrating its 20 year anniversary this June, has secured a record 57 summer jobs for Boston Public High School students, with two and a half weeks still remaining for firms to sign on. Read more.
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In addition to offering a 50% discount on the registration price for all attorneys who are first-time attendees of the conference, the Bankruptcy Section is pleased to welcome these first-time attendees, new attorneys and law students to network with senior members of the Section through the Bankruptcy Section Ambassador Program. Read more.
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The Society of Fellows
consists of an exemplary group of lawyers that are committed
to supporting the community service endeavors of the BBF.
Contributions from members help support the work of the BBF
and build the Foundation’s endowment to ensure it can continue
to fund essential programs and meet the evolving needs of the
community in years to come. Click here to
read more on the accomplishments of our Fellows.
For more information on the BBF Society of Fellows,
please contact Megan Leppert at email@example.com.
Focus on Fellows
The Society of Fellows consists of an exemplary group of lawyers that
are committed to supporting the community service endeavors of the BBF.
Contributions from members help support the work of the BBF and build the
Foundation’s endowment to ensure it can continue to fund essential
programs and meet the evolving needs of the community in years to come.
Society of Fellows Newest Member - Marc Gary
Marc Gary, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Fidelity
Investments, is the newest member to join the Boston Bar Foundation's
Society of Fellows. Marc has joined forces with top philanthropic
attorneys who are committed to make a difference in improving the delivery
of justice in Massachusetts. Marc says, "As a new member of the Board of
Trustees of the BBF, I realize the critical importance of providing
adequate funding for the provision of legal services to those who cannot
otherwise afford a lawyer. I am proud to join the ranks of other
like-minded attorneys who comprise the Society of Fellows." Welcome to the
Society of Fellows Marc!
Congratulations Leiha Macauley!
This month, the BBF would like to congratulate Society of Fellows
member Leiha Macauley who was recently featured in a NY Times article on
“Planning for Income and Estate Taxes in an Uncertain Time.” Leiha, a
partner at Day Pitney LLP, practices in the firm's Disabilities and
Special Needs Planning and Probate Litigation and Controversies groups.
Leiha serves as the Treasurer of the Boston Bar Foundation, and is the
Co-Chair of the Estate Planning Committee of the BBA’s Trusts &
About her commitment to the Society of Fellows, Leiha explains, "One
means of addressing many of the problems that beset poor families in
Boston community is legal advocacy by competent, zealous members of the
bar. The Boston Bar Foundation brings substantive and symbolic legal
resources that facilitate and enhance that advocacy, which are essential
to make equal access to justice a reality, not just a slogan. Joining the
Society of Fellows has allowed me to play a meaningful role in this
important contribution to our community."
For more information on the Society of Fellows, we invite you to attend
House Reception on January 11.
If you know a member of the Society of Fellows that should be featured
in our next issue of the BBF Newsletter, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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BBA Summer Jobs Program Making a
Difference, One Student at a Time
The summer of 2011 will mark the 17th year of the BBA’s Summer Jobs
program; law firms, companies and legal departments have already started
signing up to participate. A rapidly growing program, Summer Jobs is
a collaboration between the BBA, Boston Public Schools, the City of Boston
and the Boston Private Industry Council. To date, the program has
had a positive impact on the futures of over 300 ethnically and racially
diverse local teenagers, who have been introduced to the legal profession
and learned valuable lessons in workplace responsibilities.
The Boston Bar Foundation provides fellowships for students each year
through funding from the M.
Ellen Carpenter Fund and the Austin Jones Fund. As we prepare for a
record-breaking year, the BBF looks back at the experiences of some of
last year’s Summer Jobs students.
Daissy Restrepo-Gomez participated in the 2010 program through a grant
from the BBF’s M. Ellen Carpenter Fund, which supports programs that
mentor young people and create opportunities for the personal and
professional enrichment of Boston youth. Daissy gained valuable
practical skills during her internship at the Massachusetts Executive
Office of Health and HUman Services, that she will be able to carry with
her into the future. Reflecting on her experience, Daissy says “I love[d]
waking up in the morning knowing that I work in a law office, and that
I’ll learn something new that day. I’ve learned how much work it takes to
be a lawyer and I’ve also learned that it carries many
2010 Summer Jobs student Noelia Munoz shares a similar heartening
experience, saying, “…I am starting to understand the importance of asking
questions when I don’t understand something so I can get my work done
perfectly. My experience [in the Summer Jobs program] has increased my
interest in pursuing law as a profession….Even if I am not sure of
becoming a lawyer; I know that it will be one of my first options!”
Noelia’s position at the US Bankruptcy Court was funded by the BBF’s M.
Ellen Carpenter Fund.
The BBA invites law firms, law offices and legal departments take part
in inspiring the future generation of Boston's legal community. For more
information on the program, or to commit to hiring a student for next
summer, please click here or
contact Stephanie Lee at email@example.com or
To learn more about BBF Special Funds, or to make a donation to the
M.Ellen Carpenter Fund or the Austin Jones Fund, click
here. A special thank you to firms and
corporations that have already committed to the BBA 2011 Summer Jobs
Program: Boston Bar Association Burns & Levinson
LLPDwyer & Collora, LLPHinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP
Holland & Knight LLP Nutter McClennen & Fish
LLPProskauer Rose LLPSovereign Bank Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak
& Cohen, P.C.Todd & Weld LLPWilmer Cutler Pickering Hale
and Dorr LLP
Society of Fellows Open House
We are honored to invite you and your colleagues to learn more about
the mission of the BBF and celebrate the unity of the Society of Fellows
members and their commitment to the Boston legal community at the Society
of Fellows Open House Reception on January 11, 2011 at 5:30 pm.
We hope that you and your guests will be able to join us for this event
at the Boston Bar Association, 16 Beacon Street. To RSVP for this event or
for any questions, contact Christine Cheung at firstname.lastname@example.org or
MFA’s New Wing the Talk of the Town
in the Globe to advertisements on the "T", news of the MFA's New "Art of
the America's" wing has taken Boston by storm. On January 29th, more than
1,000 guests will have a chance to see this new wing first hand --
all while supporting the charitable goals of the Boston Bar Foundation
The Boston Bar
Foundation supports organizations and programs that advance access to
justice in our community, expand opportunities for public service and help
increase public understanding of the law.
This year's Adams
Benefit will feature dinner, dancing, and a presentation awarding John
Fish of Suffolk Construction Company with the BBF's prestigious 2011
Public Service Award. Throughout the benefit, attorneys, clients, and
friends will have the opportunity to explore our nation's history through
53 new galleries and over 5,000 works of art.
Don't miss out on
the Boston Bar Foundation's premiere charitable event of the year. For
more information on sponsorship and ticket prices, please click
here or contact Christine Cheung at email@example.com or
firms and companies have already committed to sponsoring this event.
Is your firm on the list?
SponsorsGoodwin Procter LLPMintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris,
Glovsky and Popeo P.C.Ropes & Gray LLPWilmer Cutler Pickering
Hale and Dorr LLP
SponsorsChoate Hall & Stewart LLP
SponsorsBlue Cross and Blue Shield of MA, Inc.Brown
Rudnick LLPCitizens BankEMC CorporationRaytheon Company
SponsorsBank of America CorporationBurns & Levinson
LLPFidelity InvestmentsFoley Hoag LLPGreenberg Traurig,
LLPHinckley, Allen & Snyder LLPHolland & Knight,
LLPKenney & Sams, P.C.Liberty Mutual GroupNutter McClennen
& Fish LLPRobins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.Sovereign
SponsorsCasner & Edwards, LLPCharles River
AssociatesConn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLPDwyer
& Collora, LLPEdwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLPGoulston
& Storrs - A Professional CorporationHarvard Pilgrim Healthcare,
Inc.Hemenway & Barnes LLPPartners HealthCareProskauer
LLPSherin and Lodgen LLPSugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen,
P.C.Sullivan & Worcester LLPSunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers
LLPTodd & Weld LLPVerrill Dana LLPYoss LLP
SponsorsAdler, Pollock & Sheehan PCBeck Reed Riden
LLPBrennan, Dain, Le Ray, Wiest, Torpy & Garner, P.C. Chu,
Ring & Hazel LLPCurry College Elk Consulting Services
LLCFoley & Lardner LLPGrant Thornton LLPJanet E. Bostwick,
PCLaw Office of Donald R. LassmanShapiro, Haber & Urmy,
Spotlight on Bankruptcy and Real Estate Pro
VLP and BBA Bankruptcy Section Help Pro Se Litigants
The BBA recently teamed up with the Volunteer Lawyers
Project to create the Bankruptcy Pro Bono Initiative -- a program seeking
to provide effective legal representation for pro se litigants filing for
chapter 7 bankruptcy.
"There are many people in need. Additionally, the
Massachusetts Bankruptcy Judges have told us there is an overwhelming
number of pro se filers in the system," said Bankruptcy Section Co-Chair
Douglas Gooding of Choate Hall & Stewart. "This pro bono initiative
seeks to provide access to justice for indigent debtors while reducing
strain on the court."
To support and encourage attorneys to take on these cases, the
Bankruptcy Pro Bono Committee recently sponsored a "Bankruptcy Basics"
training seminar for volunteers.
"The seminar is designed to provide lawyers with
limited prior individual chapter 7 bankruptcy the experience, knowledge
and confidence to take on cases," said BBA Bankruptcy Pro Bono Committee
Co-Chair Elaine Benkoski. "This vitally important pro bono initiative will
provide desperately needed help for people who would otherwise be unable
to access and negotiate the Bankruptcy Court system pro se and receive
relief from crushing debt."
BBA Bankruptcy-related pro bono service, public service and civic
programs are supported by the BBF Charles
P. Normandin Fund, which was established in 2005 to honor
Charlie’s contributions to the bankruptcy bar and his lifelong commitment
to community service and education.
BBA Provides Access to Justice at Boston Housing
Over the past decade, volunteer lawyers have passed through
the Boston Housing Court offering their assistance to unrepresented
tenants and landlords on Eviction Day. As a joint effort of the Volunteer
Lawyers Project, the Boston Housing Court and the BBA's Real Estate
Section, the BBA Lawyer for the Day Program seeks to provide access to
justice to pro se litigants though advice, mediation and litigating cases.
The Boston Bar Foundation is proud to be a supporter of this program
through the Herbert
W. Vaughan Fund, which was established in 2009 in recognition
of Mr. Vaughan’s exemplary leadership in establishing the Lawyer for the
"The Lawyer for a Day Program allows lawyers who might
otherwise not have the chance to give back to the community and serve the
Commonwealth's system of justice" said Co-Chair of the Real Estate Pro
Bono Committee, Bob Foster of Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster. "It's good
for the tenants and landlords who get the help of experienced and
sophisticated real estate attorneys; it's good for the Housing Court,
which sees pro se litigants get advice that makes their cases get resolved
more quickly and fairly; and it's good for the lawyers who gain the
satisfaction of helping their fellow citizens who are in need."
Over the course of the program's 11 year history, it is estimated that
more than 1,100 lawyers have assisted over 14,000 individuals. In response
to these staggering numbers and the pro se parties need for continued
representation, the Lawyer for a Day Program expanded to include a
litigation component where lawyers provide full representation to
individuals involved in eviction trials.
"Many pro se litigants need volunteer attorneys who will take their
case on a pro bono basis and represent them through trial" said Joanna
Allison of the Volunteer Lawyers Project. "For many, this keeps them from
losing their homes."
To learn more about the Bankruptcy Pro Bono Initiative or the Lawyer
for a Day Program, contact Stephanie Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org
M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program Seeks
Made possible by the BBF’s Charles
P. Normandin Fund, the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy
Program has reached over 350 volunteers and 1,300
students in the Boston and Greater Boston area. Now entering its
seventh year, the program will be seeking the participation of new
schools. The 2011 program will consist of five learning
modules starting in February and lasting through April.
Students who participate are generally high
school juniors and seniors in the Boston and Greater Boston area. If
you know of a high school that can benefit from this program, please
contact Stephanie Lee at email@example.com or
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